Ashton Carter confirmed by Senate as US defense secretary

The Guardian

Ashton Carter was confirmed as secretary of defense on Thursday after the Senate delivered more than 90 votes to approve him, putting the Pentagon veteran in charge of the US military at a time of violent crises in eastern Europe and the Middle East.

A Rhodes scholar with degrees in physics and medieval history, Carter has served near the top of the Pentagon since the Clinton administration. He has a reputation for impressive mastery of the Pentagon’s gigantic bureaucracy and budget, and made clear in a Senate hearing that he plans to make the military a more efficient machine.

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